Last Day of 2017

Today is the last day of 2017 and I have been reflecting on the events of the year as I was out walking this evening.

New Year, Stockton Record, Headlines, NewspaperWhen I arrived back home I noticed that I had a newspaper in my driveway. It had not been there when I left, and I wondered what it was. I picked up the paper and it was the newspaper for January 1, 2018.

Had I taken a really long overnight walk? Had I fell and knocked myself out and started walking again without noticing?

No, they must of just produced the paper early so that everyone would have the night off to celebrate instead of putting out a newspaper.

I am now thinking, should I read the paper now or wait until the morning?

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies - Mini Hot dogs - Bacon Wrapped - Bacon Goodness - Finger FoodI am actually at home this evening instead of being at a party eating Finger Foods and ringing in the New Year.

There has been a flu bug going around with my friends in Patterson and I decided that since I am scheduled to fly to Germany on Wednesday that I wasn’t going to risk catching a bug.

Walking Distance, New Year, Long WalksI took a long walk this evening as I have been for the last week or so. I did have two days with only short walks, but overall good progress on my Virtual Hike.

I started my Virtual Hikes on July 1st and since then I have walked over 840 miles. I am also down 26 pounds and am at my lowest weight in the last 6 years.

Books Read, Goodreads, GoalsI just checked my final stats on Goodreads and I read 216 books which is the same as last year and down from previous years. I am not sure yet what my goal will be for next year.

Books Read, Pages Read, Goodreads, Book ChallengesI did read more pages this year than I did last year. This is partly because one of my challenges last year was to read all the Happy Hollisters books that were not very long, and the year before I was still working on my Newbery Challenge.

Goodreads, book stats, genre, TrollopeThis year I have been focusing more on the 1001 Books list. I have also been reading through the Redwall series, but they are much longer books. I also completed a Sherlock Holmes Challenge. After reading all the Sherlock books by Doyle I decided it was also time for a Professor Challenger Challenge.

I also found it interesting that the longest book that I read for the year was The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope. I decided to look back at previous years to see what the longest book was and it was surprising.

  • 2017 The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope
  • 2016 The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  • 2015 Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  • 2014 A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin
  • 2013 Clarissa by Samuel Richmond
  • 2012 Cecilia by Fanny Burney
  • 2011 The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
  • 2010 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

For the last three years the longest book has been by Anthony Trollope. Perhaps I need to read another long Trollope next year. I do have a few sitting on one of my to read shelves.

Should I try and finish another book before midnight or just wait for next year 🙂

Now to start finalizing some of my resolutions.

Happy New Year!

Steven

 

 

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